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A 46-year-old male asked:

If you've been infected by sars-cov-2, develop covid-19 symptoms and recover, can you: 1) develop immunity to covid-19 2) infect others after 14 days post-symptom onset & recovery 3) get re-infected later by sars-cov-2 despite developing immunity?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Good question: Unfortunately, I do not think anyone has an answer to that. The data is just not there. Hopefully one of the Infectious disease providers would answer this. I would also check out CDC website as they may have data on this.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes, Maybe, Maybe: We presume one is immune to a respiratory virus for a while after getting the infection (that's the way it is with other viruses). A few people have trouble with their antibodies and don't have much immunity. Shedding of viruses sometimes is longer than 14 days. In life, there will always be some people who get reinfected, for whatever reason. Usually one is immune after the infection. (3/21/20)
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Last updated Mar 21, 2020


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